FILES TIES UP DEAL TO RACE IN GER­MAN TOUR­ING CARS

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Re­nault Clio Cup star Josh Files will grad­u­ate into Ger­man tour­ing car rac­ing this sea­son af­ter ink­ing a deal with the Opel-sup­ported Tar­get Com­pe­ti­tion team.

Files, 25 from Nor­wich, has signed to race one of the squad’s new Opel As­tras in the new ADAC TCR Ger­man Se­ries this year. The cham­pi­onship is an off­shoot of the TCR In­ter­na­tional Se­ries and takes place across seven rounds within and around Ger­many.

Tar­get Com­pe­ti­tion won both the driv­ers’ and teams’ TCR In­ter­na­tional Se­ries ti­tles last term run­ning Swiss Ste­fano Co­mini in a SEAT Leon.

Files claimed the Re­nault UK Clio Cup and Clio Eurocup cham­pi­onships in 2013. He fin­ished third in the Ital­ian Clio Cup last sea­son be­fore mak­ing his TCR de­but in Ma­cau last Novem­ber with Cam­pos Rac­ing.

“My aim has been to break into tour­ing cars in Europe for the last few years and my men­tor [triple World Tour­ing Car cham­pion] Andy Pri­aulx helped me get to Ma­cau last year and that race got me no­ticed,” said Files. “The chance with Tar­get Com­pe­ti­tion has come about through that and it’s mas­sively ex­cit­ing be­cause they are es­sen­tially a pseudo-fac­tory team for Opel.

“The Ger­man rac­ing scene is so strong at the mo­ment with a lot of man­u­fac­turer ac­tiv­ity so to be able to go into a new cham­pi­onship like ADAC TCR with the chance to do well gives you a great chance to carve out a ca­reer with a brand.”

The new ADAC Ger­many se­ries is ex­pected to boast a 25-car grid this year. Files has yet to test the new Astra, but said it was a step for­ward from the older Cam­pos car he raced near the top 10 in Ma­cau be­fore sus­pen­sion fail­ure put him out.

“The new Astra is a great piece of kit,” he added. “It’s got much more so­phis­ti­cated aero and Opel has done a lot of parts test­ing to en­sure dura­bil­ity. It should be an ex­cit­ing sea­son.”

Files will han­dle an Opel

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